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First shipment of the season leaves Port of Churchill

Last year, the Port of Churchill extended its shipping season by several weeks into mid-November.

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Last year, the Port of Churchill extended its shipping season by several weeks into mid-November.

The first cargo ship of the season — the M.V. Ikan Suji — has been loaded with 35,200 tonnes of No. 2 Canada western red spring wheat destined for Mexico.

The wheat originated from Richardson Pioneer elevators in Manitoba and northeastern Saskatchewan.

"Churchill is an important port for Richardson and we are pleased to have another large shipping program in place for 2014," says Curt Vossen, president and CEO of Richardson International. "Last year, we extended the shipping season by several weeks, loading the last vessel on November 12 and we expect to have another strong season this year."

Vossen said that Churchill is another viable shipping option for Richardson International.

"With record crops and the capacity challenges we are facing each year, we are making use of all available rail and port terminal capacity to move farmers’ grain as quickly as possible," he said.

OmniTRAX Canada Inc. which owns and operates the Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay Railway line to Churchill, was forced to suspend service in late spring because of severe permafrost issues. Service was re-opened July 5.

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